Susan Sontag wrote short stories as a hobby; she saved more of her enormous intellectual energy for her novels and essays.
Dramatically speaking, Sontag: Reborn fails to treat a flawed iconoclast with the necessary creative playfulness. Hush, Saint Susan Aborning!
Al Alvarez’s new book of essays provides an opportunity to also strongly recommend his first collection of literary commentary and reviews, 1969’s Beyond All This Fiddle, one of the most invigorating collections of cultural commentary from that period.
Critic Susan Sontag asks whether repeated exposure to images of violence makes us less sensitive to human suffering.